Gigabyte recently sent us an altered GeForce GTX 470 with the highest factory overclock that we’ve seen. Is the custom-cooled card worth an extra $70 bucks? We test the GV-N470SO-13I, comparing it to Nvidia’s reference GTX 470, in order to find out.
3DMark Vantage shows us a 12% performance advantage in favor of the Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I Super Overclock, compared to the reference GeForce GTX 470 card. This lines up exactly with Gigabyte's performance claims for the product.
World in Conflict is a CPU-limited game, and the Gigabyte card’s factory overclock does little to increase performance, although there is a slight difference.